We’d be willing to bet that when most people hear the name Jackie Kennedy Onassis, they think of ‘Style Icon’ before thinking of ‘Former First Lady’. From her first day in the White House (January 20th, 1961) to her death in 1994, the woman was synonymous not only with style and fashion but with an overall lifestyle. Certain things became known as being ”very Jackie Kennedy”, random ladylike classy things like sending thank you notes, buying tasteful wallpaper or even things as simple as an appreciation of good literature.
Women aspired to be like Jackie, not realizing that Jackie herself was probably struggling to keep up appearances. By the looks of it, being Jackie Kennedy was a full time job and then some!
American women and women all around the world took notice of Kennedy’s impeccable style and appropriated it in different ways to their own lives. Even brands like J.Crew owe most of their aesthetic to Lady J.
In honour of what would have been her 86th birthday, we’ve compiled a TOP 6 of Jackie Kennedy’s timeless style tips.
01. Statement Sunglasses
Jackie’s liked her HUGE, but you don’t necessarily have to go that route. A good, quality pair of statement sunglasses is a must for every girl’s wardrobe. It’s the perfect shield between you and the paparazzi, or you and whatever distractions are in front of you.
02. Scarves Belong on your Head!
Sometimes she wore silk scarves delicately tied around her neck, but mostly she wore them on her head, which, we agree with you, is a very hard thing to pull off. If you have the head and the hair for it and you find it doesn’t make you look like you just came home from the fields, go for it!
03. Statement Colours
Jackie wasn’t afraid of a bright yellow or a kinky purple. The pink on pink ensemble she was famously wearing when her husband was assassinated will forever be etched into our memory. Of course, you don’t have to pull a Jackie and colour block with just one colour, but do opt for a bright piece once in a while, it’s so refreshing.
04. Bold Graphic Prints CAN work!
Some women fear big, bold graphic prints like the plague, but Jackie Kennedy sure didn’t! She would wear boldly printed long kaftans, often accessories with a big eye-catching belt, and she looked stunning! She sure would have had a fun time in our showroom, we love bold prints just as much (if not more) than she did!
05. Whites need to be Blinding!
Jackie wore the colour white A LOT. She had a pair of white pants for every occasion. One rule she abided by was that if you’re going to wear white, it better be blindingly white, otherwise don’t bother. Your white outfit needs to act as a permanent spotlight around your person, no one has time for dirty whites!
06. When in Doubt, Go Sleeveless!
We’re seeing less and less of the classic sleeveless button downs of yore and it’s a shame. They’ve somehow been replaced by the ubiquitous tank top and it just won’t do. The sleeveless button down is what a classy lady wears on her yacht and we’re patiently awaiting its come back.
Are you a fan of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ style?
Are you planning on incorporating any of these style tips to your life? Let us know in the comments section!